Best Buy Centro Sales Continue This Week
For anyone who may have missed last week's Best Buy sales circular chock full of Palm goodness, this week's flyer brings about a handful of new offers. While there are no Palm handheld deals this time around, the Best Buy flyer from August 11th-17th contains a fresh round of Palm Centro sales along with a few accessory offers. As always, these deals may vary in availability or price from region to region.
Palm's popular new entry-level Centro is available in both GSM EDGE (aka Treo 685 on AT&T & unlocked) and CDMA EVDO (aka Treo 690 on Sprint and Verizon) flavors. Due to the omission of the full version of Pocket Tunes Deluxe and the lesser EDGE 2.5G radio within, AT&T's GSM version of the Centro is setting a trend for lower pricing than its CDMA brethren on Sprint and Verizon.
So unsurprisingly, this week's upcoming Best Buy ad shows that all three available AT&T Centro colors (white, black and the new electric blue) are again offered for free in-store after a huge instant rebates when the standard 2- year contract is signed. This marks the second week in row the "free" AT&T Centro has appeared in Best Buy's circular.
The original and still most popular version of the Palm Centro on Sprint, is now available for $49.99 for either new contracts or qualified upgraders (i.e. existing customers eligible for contract renewal). Like AT&T, Sprint's Centro is available in three color choices (black, red and pink). Sprint's CDMA version of the Centro recently received a ROM update to enable Google Maps location functionality along with several small improvements and bugfixes.
Based on recent pricing activity, Best Buy remains the best choice for prospective Centro purchasers looking to pick up a free or heavily discounted handset along with service without the hassles and uncertainty of mail-in rebates.